When dieting to balance out a Vata Dosha, it is crucial to stick to a routine and take things slow. This will clean out bad habits by creating a process that will keep Vata’s grounded. There are a few basic principles to abide by that revolve around what you eat and when you eat.
Vata’s should be eating 3 or 4 meals a day, leaving 2 hours between each meals. So eating a snack is very important to stick to this timeframe. You want to consume your last meals 2 or 3 hours before you go to sleep. With lunch being the biggest meal, Vata’s can consume only poultry and fish during this time. Red meat and raw foods are hard to digest for a Vata, as you have a delicate digestive system. The key hear is to keep foods warm, cooked and moist.
As a Vata think one pot meals. Things like crock-pot meals, rice mixes and lots of grains should be your recipes. The most nutrition you will get comes from whole grains like barleys, rice and quinoa. When it comes to vegetables, always cook them as they can aggravate a Vata.
Other items to eat are beans that will cook in under 30 minutes. Using easy to digest beans, split peas and lentils will avoid upsetting the cold nature of Vata. Nuts, seeds, honey, oils and spices are all things to be incorporated into the diet.
Vata personalities are the most addictive. When it comes to addictive substances like caffeine and alcohol, moderation is essential. You should cut back on your caffeine intake to once a day. While alcohol should be limited to 2 or 3 servings a week, with those servings spread out from each other. Avoid iced beverages and processed foods completely. Know when your falling into bad habits and keep yourself in check with a schedule.